1916 Phone Listing
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The Bonifay Telephone Company, organized in 1910, was equipped with a switchboard manned by an operator who knew most, if not all, of the firm's subscribers.   The operator was usually a woman, and she knew what the users of the service often talked about since she could overhear their conversations.  Calls were placed by calling the operator and providing a name or number, or both.  The operator would complete the call by making a designated number of long or short rings, or a combination of both, on a party line.

The Bonifay Telephone Company, capitalized at $5,000, started with only a few subscribers and after six years had only 131 in the combined business and residential categories.  Albert Jernigan was the company's first president.  J M McLauchlin was vice president and C A Prim the secretary-treasurer.  W L Sessoms and D L Green jointed the officers as incorporators and directors.

The alphabetical listing in the 1916 directory may be suggestive of the community's development up to that time:

 

LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

MIDDLE NAME

COMMENTS

Adkins

E

L

Adkins

J

R

Alford

W

C

Alford

W

C

(farm)

Anderson

T

J

Andrews

J

B

Andrews

J

S

Andrews

Willie

Arnold

C

L

Arnold

C

L

(stables)

Banfill

G

W

Bank of Bonifay

Barker

E

C

Mrs (Store)

Barker

E

C

Mrs

Blitch

B

B

Bonifay Bargain House

Bonifay Drug Company

Bonifay Hardware Company

Brett

W

H

Broadacre Farm

Brock

J

W

Brown

E

R

Brunson

H

B

Dr

Buttram

J

Henry

Buttram

J

Henry

Office

Byrd

J

T

Carkhuff

C

Mrs

Carkhuff

L

D

Chancey

C

C

Coleman

J

S

Mrs

Courthouse

Cox

C

M

Creel

E

P

Dalton

T

T

Dalton

B

W

Dr

Dalton Drug Company

Daughtry

T

D

Depot

Railway

Dixon

Annie

Mrs

Drunson Hotel

Dupree

S

C

Dyson

W

O

Forehand

E

T

Forehand

James

Fulford

C

A

Gable

Jno

D

Dr (office)

Garrett

J

W

Godwin

J

H

Green

D

L

Hammond

W

B

Harrell

J

A

Hathaway

J

A J

Hathaway

J

A J

(office)

Hendon

E

L

Hickman

H

E

Mrs

Holmes County Advertiser

Holmes County Bank

Holt

F

G

Hotel Eureka

Hutchinson

L

K

Dr

Johnson

J

W

Keith

George

King

M

King Merchantile Co

Leonard

J

D

Market

Lewis

C

P

Lewis

W

H

Lindsey

B

H

Lindsey

B

H

Side Camp

Lindsey

D

B

Mashburn

C

B

Dr

Mathis

C

R

Mathis & Weeks

Law Office

Matthews

R

I

Mattox

J

H

Mayo

J

Z

McDonald

F

M

McDonald

F

M

Store

McKinnon

G

C

McLaughlin

J

McLaughlin

J

Farm

McLaughlin

Store

Miller

C

E

Miller

N

D

Store

Miller

W

A

Murray

Will

Myers

C

M

Nash

H

S

Mrs

Neel

Ray

Newton

M

C

Dr

Niles

Innis

Owens

M

M

Parker

H

C

Paul

D

J

Pitts

D

J

Pitts

Sash

Pitts

W

W

Pleas

E

L

Pressing Club (Dykes)

Prim

C

A

Raley

D

G

Rich

C

W

Rich

M

Roberts

W

J

Russ

J

F

Sapp

J

L

Segers

Tom

Sessoms

Annie

Sessoms

W

L

Stevens

J

E

Market

Still

C

E

Strickland

J

A

Strickland

T

R

Talbot

J

T

Terry

J

M

Tew

P

W

Thompson

E

J

Mrs

Ward

Jane

Mrs

Weeks

A

W

Wilcox

A

M

Wilcox

J

M

Williams

Bun

Williams

C

M

Williams

Chester

Williams

E

A

Williams

J

T

Wright

T

J

Yates

Levi

Young

A

F

Young

W

W

The above was transcribed by Cathy Strickland Popp from the "West Florida Footprints", No 7, 1988, which was published by the West Florida Genealogical Society, Inc.